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Dec 14,2015

Good morning from the mountain.
  We are almost 1/2 thru December and we have no snow. I am feeling blessed.
It is actually raining here today, suppose to rain for a couple days. Wont hurt my feelings a bit to have a green Christmas. The temperatures have been nice enough to only use the pellet stove to take the chill off in the morning. Saves on the wood pile that's for sure.
Worked yesterday stacking more wood in the basement to be able to have dryer wood during the winter chills.
Barn yard is looking awesome, getting everything cleaned up and taken care of before snow does fall, and we know at some point the snow will fall.
We have all the animals in their winter pens, which is awesome for me and chores.
Nice to have the goats closer especially during birthing. Nice to see the hay barn finished. Chicken coop is finished. Duck pen next. They seem to end up in the garage,, but temps aren't cold yet. Will make them and enclosed house this week.

Been working on a lot of Christmas gifts. Hats and mittens, lots of gift baskets to start next week. Christmas orders have been flowing in for baked goodies.

We don't have our tree up yet, that will happen this week. We only have a small one and it sits on a table,, little dogs would have a field day.

Coming up with Christmas dinner menu, trying to go back to older days when they ate only what they grew or raised. Thinking back to what my momma made, there was Indian  puddings, hard sauce, brown breads, hot breads, beans, some meat whether a turkey or ham for our animals, deviled eggs. Momma could make cookies,, I cant make a cookie to save my life.
I remember picking cranberry's on the mountain, and mom cooking them up for either Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Always lots of pies, apples, pumpkins, blueberry.
So a lot of prep coming up this week. Happy to have my brothers stopping by  for dinner.

With both Rob and I working from home now,, homesteading is a major part of both our days not just mine. As soon as rain stops,, we will go to the pasture and bring down all the cut firewood that can be used for the furnace or my kitchen cook stove.
Hoping after the first of the year we can save money to get another wall finished now the electrical has been finished. Been along time since the house has been tore apart ,,being put back together has been a slow process. But getting there now. Front wall is now finished to second floor. Everything takes time.


Well I suppose my coffee is finished so I should get back to work.

Daily chores of kritters and house work are calling my name.


I hope today finds you happy and healthy. I send hugs and prayers from my homestead to your home where ever it may be.


Prayers & Blessings

Merry Christmas


Donna

The Simple Farm Girl


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